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Jet-Set Case

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Jet-Set
Case

CASE SIZE: 12˝ × 8˝ closed, 12˝ × 18˝ open

ZIPPERED POUCH SIZE: 8½˝ × 7˝

Traveling with three little girls in tow is a major event, and the only things that keep me sane are plenty of caffeine and lots of organization. Pretty little cases like this one are just the thing I need for corralling jewelry, makeup, and small toiletry items that might otherwise wander off in the midst of packing. The D-ring loop serves double duty as a closure and as a way to hang the bag when you arrive at your destination.

With a change in fabric choices, the Jet-Set Case can fill a variety of uses. Fill it with school supplies to make a deluxe pencil case. Add sewing materials to make a traveling embroidery or cross-stitch case. The ideas are endless.

Jet-Set Case

Interior, 12˝ × 18˝, provides plenty of space to carry your most important supplies. My version features the Vintage Happy collection by Lori Holt for Riley Blake Designs.

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Girl Friday Sewing Case

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Girl Friday
Sewing Case

CASE SIZE: 8½˝ × 10½˝

Back in the 1930s, a “Girl Friday” was another term for your most reliable personal assistant. You’ll feel the same way about this little sewing case, which has plenty of room for your next project, along with a handy tool pocket on the front. Get ready to travel in style!

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS AND CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS

Girl Friday Sewing Case

8½˝ × 10½˝

Making the Case

Seam allowances are ¼˝ unless otherwise noted.

POCKETS

1Fuse interfacing to the wrong side of the pocket exterior and pocket lining fabrics.

2Wrong sides together, press the divided pocket rectangle in half to make a rectangle 6½˝ × 4½˝. Slip the 4½˝ × 6½˝ interfacing inside the fold, leaving the ¼˝ seam allowance at the bottom free. Fuse in place. Topstitch ¼˝ below the fold.

3Baste the divided pocket in place along the sides and bottom of the pocket lining. Sew a line down the center, backstitching at both ends, to divide it into 2 pockets.

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Designing Woman: Create a Space That Works for You

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A few years ago my family went to a nearby animal shelter to adopt a puppy. We returned home with not one but two young dogs, a brother and sister who had been more than our hearts could resist. I suddenly found myself with five children in the house—three little girls under the age of five and two furry toddlers ready for trouble. For over a year, I spent my days running from disaster to disaster: holes in the garden, cereal all over the floor, and toys in everybody’s mouths. In desperation, I went to the library and checked out everything that offered advice on child rearing and dog training. In the end, all the books said essentially the same thing: it’s not so much about training them as it is about training you to know how to help them.

I’ve learned that the same advice applies to a lot of things in life—yes, even your sewing room. What matters isn’t the setup; it’s all about what you do with it.

Some people have perfectly decorated studios that are always a mess, while others can keep a lovely sewing corner with hardly more than a set of plastic boxes. You are the biggest factor in how organized your space is going to be and how efficiently it’s going to work for you. It involves a bit of training, of course, and a whole lot of practice. But when you have a handle on what works for you and what fits your style, it all comes together to make a place where you love to sew.

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Double-Zip Clutch

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Double-Zip
Clutch

CLUTCH SIZE: 11˝ × 8½˝ closed, 11˝ × 17˝ open

This project is probably the most adaptable one in the book. Adjust the size, fabric choices, and inner pocket formation to make a gift that will fit just about any situation. See Bright Idea!.

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS AND CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS

Double-Zip Clutch

opens to 11˝ × 17˝ to hold stationery or other items

Making the Clutch

Seam allowances are ¼˝ unless otherwise noted.

Fuse interfacing to the wrong side of the fabrics for the exterior, inner pocket, and flap. See Supplies.

INSIDE POCKETS

1Right sides together, fold the inner pocket fabric in half to make a rectangle 12˝ × 8˝. Stitch the raw edges together along the 12˝ side.

2Fuse the 7¾˝ × 12˝ interfacing rectangle to one side of the inner pocket unit. Turn the unit right side out. Press. Topstitch ¼˝ from the edge of each 12˝ side.

Add interfacing, turn the unit right side out, press, and topstitch.

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Summer Tourist Quilt

Heidi Staples Stash Books ePub

Summer
Tourist Quilt

QUILT SIZE: 44˝ × 44˝

BLOCK SIZE: 12˝ finished

Sewing up one of these quilts is like sitting down after your last vacation to look at all the pictures you took on your trip—oh, the memories! You can use the pieces in your scrap bucket or cut a square from each new print that comes to live on your fabric shelves. Summer Tourist is a quilt to be made over time, sewing up a block whenever you have enough prints collected. This is also a great project for using leftover charm squares and mini charm squares.

If you’re looking for instant gratification, try something smaller like the Weekend Tourist. This mini quilt is a great way to showcase some of your favorite prints when you’re looking for a fun, quick finish.

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Summer Tourist

44˝ × 44˝, 12˝ blocks

Making the Quilt

36-PATCH BLOCK

Make a 36-Patch block in each color group, alternating saturated and low-volume prints.

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